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The Little Book of String Theory by Steven S. Gubser

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Chapter FOUR

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STRING THEORY

WHEN I WAS A SOPHOMORE AT PRINCETON, I TOOK A COURSE on Roman history. It was mostly about the Roman Republic. It’s fascinating how the Romans combined peaceful and military achievements. They evolved an unwritten constitution and some degree of representative democracy while simultaneously overpowering first their neighbors, then the Italian peninsula, and finally the whole of the Mediterranean and beyond. Equally fascinating is how the civil strife of the late republic ended in the tyranny of the empire.

Our language and legal system are filled with echoes of ancient Rome. For an example, look no further than the back ...

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